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What is the point of view in Kincaid's "Girl"?

I would like to qualify Mshum's answer. She is right, of course, that there is no narrative presentation of setting, description, or exposition, but the implied setting of this story is very...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 2:01 am UTC

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In the short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, what are the literary elements that are used?

In "Girl," Kincaid's narrator speaks in a command form as she gives advice to her daughter about how to live as a woman in Antiguan society. The woman is expected to do household chores like...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 5:44 pm UTC

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In "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, how does she use syntax to create an effect?

The syntax in the story creates the effect of making the reader share in the daughter's experience of being "instructed"—or harangued—by her mother. The story, written as a single run-on sentence,...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 1:54 pm UTC

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What is the significance of "singing benna in sunday school" in Kincaid's "Girl"?

Benna is a style of calypso music which originated in Antigua, the birthplace of Jamaica Kincaid. Because it uses the "call and response" technique which is also popular with charismatic preachers,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 2:51 pm UTC

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What does the power struggle between mother and daughter in the poem "Girl" reveal about the larger experience of...

"Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid is a monologue delivered by a mother to her adolescent daughter, instructing her—in a series of pithy imperative statements—on every aspect of how to live her life as a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 11:37 pm UTC

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What type of narrator is used in "Girl"?

The narrative point of view used in this story is the third-person objective. A third-person objective narrator is never going to be a participant in the events that take place in the story (this...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 7:35 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between a mother and a daughter in the short story "Girl"?

As it is depicted—with the mother-figure addressing the girl on all manner of subjects, ranging from how to eat or walk or spit up in the air to how to bully or please a man—the relationship...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 10:22 pm UTC

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How would "Girl” be different if it were called "Boy”? Discuss the cultural assumptions behind your response.

There is no doubt that many responses to Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" have been composed in literature and creative writing classes. One response which has been published and is now often studied...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020 12:03 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the story? What do you think the author is saying about tradition and gender in "Girl"?

"Girl" is a short story written in the second person that focuses on motherly advice spoken to a young girl. The advice ranges from what to wear to how to act. While there are many themes in...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 3:45 pm UTC

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What sentence structure is repeated (syntax)? What effect does this have on the mood and tone of the story?

Technically, there is only one sentence in this entire story. It's comprised of many subordinate clauses, usually separated with semicolons. Many of these clauses are phrased as imperatives....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 6:41 am UTC

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Who is speaking in "Girl"? What do we know about him/her?

The speaker in Jamaica Kincaid's very short piece is not identified. It may be inferred that this person is an adult speaking to a child, probably an adolescent. It is possible that the speaker is...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 4:35 pm UTC

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What literary element seems to be most prevalent in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid?

The most obvious literary element of this short story is the point of view and narration, which is noteworthy because it is so different from any other story. "Girl" distinguishes itself because it...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 6:46 am UTC

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How does the short story "Girl" embody plot, setting, and symbolism?

I agree it's a little disconcerting to have to find these three literary elements in what appears to be just a huge list of "dos and don'ts" written by a mother to her daughter. A closer look,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 10:30 am UTC

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Discuss the advice that the mother gives the daughter in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid.

There is no relationship more important than a mother and daughter. For most women, this is a life-long, loving bond that both relish. In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, the adolescent daughter recalls...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 8:27 pm UTC

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Discuss the short story and the girl in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid. 

The rhythm of the Caribbean Island of Antigua eminates in the poetic prose of the unique short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. The author’s tone and mood for the story demonstrates the residual...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 5:45 pm UTC

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What does this mean, "You mean to say that after all you are really going to be the kind of woman who the baker won't...

All the way through "Girl" the mother alternates between giving straightforward advice and delivering lines that to an outside might sound close to abuse. The listening girl protests against the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2007 11:10 pm UTC

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How would you read "Girl" differently if it were titled “Mother”?

Changing the title of Jamaica Kincaid’s story from “Girl” to “Mother” would provide a clue that the story is concerned with a relationship between a mother and her child. Kincaid carefully avoids...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 5:23 am UTC

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What is the irony in "Girl,"  by Jamaica Kincaid?

What strikes me as ironic is that the authoritarian woman who offers instruction about how to live life as a young woman speaks as though the girl she addresses is a "bad" girl, that she does not...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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What's a good analysis of the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid?  How could I create a good thesis statement for...

A good thesis statement makes a claim that can be defended with textual evidence from the story. It is a statement of opinion with which someone could argue, if they wished to. Certainly, you could...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 1:09 pm UTC

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Where do you think the story "Girl" by Jamacia Kincaid takes place? What are the clues? Even if you aren’t familiar...

The short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid is in the form of a single long sentence of advice that a mother gives to her daughter, interspersed with a few comments by the daughter. The location and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 2:39 am UTC

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What is the feminist perspective of "Girl"?

"Girl" highlights the ways in which the nuclear family functions to pass down gender roles to children. Framed as a mother giving advise to her daughter, we see the way in which the mother is...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 2:43 pm UTC

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What is a central idea or concept in the book Girl by Jamaica Kincaid?

“Girl” is referred to as a short story by some critics and as a poem by others. It is useful to read it in conjunction with Kincaid’s Annie John, which also depicts an uncaring mother bullying her...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2007 9:36 pm UTC

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What is the importance of food in the short story "Girl"?

In the very short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, food is mentioned several times. The story is written as a monologue delivered by an overbearing Caribbean mother to her daughter. The mother...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 3:23 am UTC

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What is the background of the story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid?

Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" has been alternately categorized as a dramatic monologue, a short story, and even as a poem. It consists of advice from a mother to her daughter—a girl on the verge of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 4:37 am UTC

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Girl by Jamaica Kincaid. What do you think are the mother’s true messages and concerns for her daughter, and how...

Let's take two views of "Girl" here. Despite the brevity of the story, Kinkaid creates a variety of interpretive opportunities and we can consider more than one way to understand the intentions...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2015 3:27 pm UTC

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Why does Jamaica Kincaid repeat ideas in "Girl"?

The steam-of-consciousness narrative method that Jamaica Kincaid uses in “Girl” is meant to represent the ongoing presentation of ideas that the unnamed speaker offers to the girl; the reader...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 10:25 pm UTC

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In "Girl", why did the mother keep on using the word "slut" when she could have used another word?

The mother calls the daughter a slut on three occasions in this short story. The first occasion is when the mother says, "try to walk like a lady and not the slut you are." The word "slut" here is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 6:46 am UTC

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Will someone please tell me what the bread and the baker represent in "Girl"?

In Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl," a mother instructs her daughter on the how-to's of life -- from the everyday tasks to the moral stances she should take to the more abstract beliefs of her...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2008 9:36 pm UTC

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Denote the irony in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid.

Jamaica Kincaid acknowledges that it was her mother’s instructions embedded in her own mind that she recreates in “Girl.” An Antiguan native, Kincaid places her story in her native land during the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2013 4:05 pm UTC

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How can you describe the relationship between the mother and her daughter in "Girl"?

The tone that is developed in Kincaid's "Girl" suggests that the relationship between the mother and her daughter is relatively constricted. The story opens in the middle of the mother telling her...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 6:14 am UTC

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Is Girl By Jamaica Kincaid a short story or a poem and why?

According to eNotes, it is a short story. I think it tries to avoid classification. Many critics call "Girl" prose poetry or a lyrical vignette. Prose poem: Work in prose that has some of the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009 1:29 am UTC

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What are the strengths of “Girl” being written in the second person? In other words, what was the story able to...

The choice of the second person as a narrative voice is an unusual one which is always deliberate. Second person gives a text a very particular feel: the reader is necessarily the person being...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 9:03 am UTC

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Whose voice dominates "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid?

As the previous Educators have mentioned, it is the voice of a mother which dominates the narrative, which is a monologue. We know that it's more than likely a mother speaking, as opposed to a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019 4:54 pm UTC

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What point is Jamaica Kincaid trying to get across in the story "Girl"? 

Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl” is told through a list form that blends dialogue with instructions. Although names are not used, we can deduce from the title and some of the instructions that...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 7:30 pm UTC

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Name 7 instructions that are given in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid?

I would argue that far more important than the instructions the girl is given (which you can easily pick out through reading this short text) is the tone in which they are given and how this hints...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2011 9:45 pm UTC

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How can I compare and contrast Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"?

Both stories show a mother's apparent dissatisfaction with her daughter's behavior and beliefs. Both mothers seem to feel that tradition and heritage are things that should be lived; they are not...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018 3:37 pm UTC

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How does Kincaid use humor to indicate conflict in “Girl”?

This story by Jamaica Kincaid, published in The New Yorker in 1978, consists mainly of a monologue from mother to daughter (presumably), though the daughter does respond twice to her mother's...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "Bilingual" by Rhina P. Espaillat, and how does it connect it to "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid?

Both the speaker of Espaillat's "Bilingual/Bilingüe" and the speaker of Kincaid's "Girl" are chided by parents who do not understand the challenges of functioning within two cultures and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018 10:17 pm UTC

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In the last line of "Girl," what does the mother mean? "You mean to say that after all you are really going to be the...

It is important to read this last line in the context of the rest of this short story, or exmaple of dialogue. Let us remember that the vast majority of this text are the words of the mother to her...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 8:13 pm UTC

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How would I compare "Girl" and "The Story of an Hour" related to feelings of freedom?

In Kate Chopin's short story, Louise Mallard is described as "young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength." She has, evidently, experienced repression...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 12:50 pm UTC

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Discuss the advice the mother gives in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid that teaches her daughter to behave appropriately. 

Jamaica Kincaid writes about her native Antigua. “Girl” recreates a scene between an adolescent, Caribbean girl and her mother who is worried about the daughter’s behavior. The narration is first...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2012 12:35 pm UTC

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In the story, "Girl," is the mother being loving toward her daughter, by giving all the instruction that will help in...

It seems to me that the mother in "Girl" is practicing tough love. It's true that most mothers who regularly call their daughters "sluts" aren't described as "loving," but I would argue that the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 11:45 pm UTC

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How are postmodern techniques employed in the story "Girl"? Also, what is meant by "postmodern" in writing?

Kincaid's "story" raises all sorts of questions: who is the speaker? What is the context for all of these admonitions? Why are these tasks so important? How is this even a story? While it is hard...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 12:14 pm UTC

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In "Girl," what can you infer through the readings about women’s lives in the story's setting?

The primary statement that Kincaid's story makes about women's lives is that there is a strict code of conduct in becoming a woman. The mother's advice stems from the idea that there is not...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2012 6:52 am UTC

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Discuss the theme and other story points in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid. 

Jamaica Kincaid’s portrays a mother advising her daughter in how to become a woman. The short story “Girl” is a list of bits of seemingly random advice from the mother to her daughter. In the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 7:52 pm UTC

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In the short story "Girl," Jamaica Kincaid chose to write this story in one sentence. What are some of the effects of...

The single-sentence structure of Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" creates the impression of a deluge of advice delivered at great speed. There is a hectoring quality as the speaker bombards the girl with...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 4:32 pm UTC

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Comment on the suitability of the title in "Girl" related to its content.

There are a number of different aspects that we could comment on when we think about the title of this excellent text and how it relates to the content. Firstly, "Girl" clearly indicates the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2011 8:33 pm UTC

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In "Girl" we see a mother offering advice to her daughter. Asses how meaningful these ideas would be for today's...

“Girl” describes an old-fashioned description of womanhood. Kincaid drew on her experiences growing up in Antigua for the setting and themes of "Girl," as she has done for the rest of her fiction...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 2:19 am UTC

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What is the most important event in "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid and why?

It is difficult to identify any specific events in the story "Girl," as the entire story is a monologue from a mother to her child, with only two interruptions by the daughter and no writing that...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 12:27 am UTC

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How do the strategies that Jaimaca Kincaid uses in "Girl" help her readers understand the overrall theme of the piece?

One of the major themes in "Girl" that Kincaid wants readers to understand is the tension in the mother/daughter relationship. In order to highlight this theme, Kincaid manipulates standard uses...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 6:32 am UTC

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